We're delighted that so many of you are enjoying our new feature, Crochet Block of the Week! They are great, easy, on the go projects that are great to try out a new skill or to use up scrap yarn. Since we've gotten some questions on making and using these crochet motifs and stitch patterns, we've put together this short list of questions and answers for you.
What yarn do I use with these crochet blocks?
These crochet blocks can be worked in any yarn of your choosing. Blocks that use a little bit of a few colors are a great way to use up scrap yarn. They are also a great way to try out new colors and types of yarn so you can get a sense of how they work up.
What size hook should I use for the crochet blocks?
Choose the hook recommended on your yarn label or the size that you're most comfortable using with your specific yarn. Since these blocks are just general directions for motifs or stitch patterns, they can be made in any yarn.
What are some ways in which I can use my finished crochet blocks?
If you only have a few crochet blocks, use them around the house. Be creative! If you've made a few smaller blocks, they can be used as coasters. You could take four cotton blocks and seam them together to create a washcloth. You could even seam together a few blocks in a row and create a scarf.
If you find a few blocks that you like during our series, make several of each and seam them together in a pattern that you like and make an afghan. You can make a checkerboard pattern by alternating blocks in contrasting colors or you could put one block all around the border and one block along the inside. Make yourself a chart so that you know how big your project is going to be and how many blocks you will want to make. (Is your project a 6 block by 8 block afghan? Is it a 2 block by 6 block shawl? It's good to know so that you can plan ahead.)
Can I incorporate a stitch pattern into another project that I'm working on?
Yes, some of the blocks are simply repeats of the same stitch pattern over and over (such as our first featured block, "Lacy Stripes"). If you find one that you like, you can use that stitch to embellish a plain afghan or to make a border on a jacket. The sky is the limit when it comes to new stitch patterns. Consider it a new skill that you've learned and that you should feel free incorporating into future projects if you wish.
We hope that you'll continue to join us for our Crochet Block of the Week. Find more knit and crochet stitches and motifs at our StitchFinder.
For more crochet techniques (including seaming), click here.
We look forward to seeing your projects with these crochet blocks! Submit your photos to our Customer Gallery.